Tesla Recalls 439 Electric Roadsters to Fix Headlight Power Cable

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Only for Roadsters v. 2.0 and 2.5
Tesla Motors has just announced a voluntary recall of 439 electric Roadsters from the 2.0 and 2.5 series. This comes after a "single case in which a chafing power cable led to a short, smoke and possibly a fire." The 1.5 models do not have the auxiliary power cable, and so they aren't included in the recall. The cars that aren't affected can be identified by their ID numbers which end in "500″ or lower.
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the problem stemmed from a 12-volt auxiliary power cable that serves as a backup supply of power for the headlights, turn signals, airbags and other systems. Tesla says that in one car, the cable rubbed against the edge of a carbon-fiber panel and eventually caused a short circuit.

The cable is located behind the right-side headlight and is isolated from the main battery in the rear of the car, Tesla says. Under the recall the company will check the routing of the cable and install a protective sleeve over it.

So this isn't a problem with the high-voltage cables going from the battery to the electric motor. This is the type of electrical problem that could happen in a regular gasoline car. This distinction is important to make.

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